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Low-Sodium Crescent Rolls: The Buttery Bliss You'll Love

Craving those melt-in-your-mouth crescent rolls but watching your sodium intake? We hear you! Ditch the store-bought, sodium-laden packs and whip up a batch of these easy, buttery yeasted crescent rolls that are full of flavor and light on salt. Only 20mg per serving

Less Sodium, More Satisfaction:

This recipe relies on simple, wholesome ingredients and clever techniques to deliver all the buttery, flaky goodness of classic crescent rolls without the sodium overload.

Here's how we keep it light on salt:

  • Unsalted butter: Swap out salted butter for its unsalted counterpart, giving you complete control over the sodium content.

  • Flavor boost without the salt: Fresh herbs, spices, and extracts add depth and dimension without relying on salty additives.

Easy as 1-2-3:

These crescent rolls come together quickly and easily, perfect for a batch of warm, fluffy goodness. With minimal ingredients and straightforward instructions, they're ideal for bakers of all levels.

Get Creative with Fillings:

The beauty of homemade rolls is their versatility. Go beyond plain and explore a variety of delicious fillings:

  • Sweet: Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar for a classic treat, or get fancy with chopped nuts and a drizzle of honey.

  • Savory: Spread some pesto and top with mozzarella for a flavor explosion, or go for a cheesy delight with shredded cheddar and chives.

Tips for Perfection:

  • Activate the yeast properly: Ensure your yeast is frothy before adding other ingredients for guaranteed rise.

  • Knead with love: A few minutes of kneading creates a smooth, elastic dough that bakes up beautifully.

  • Don't skimp on the rise: Letting the dough rise twice ensures light and fluffy rolls.

  • Brush with care: The egg wash gives the rolls a golden brown sheen and adds a touch of richness.

So ditch the store-bought, sodium-packed options and indulge in these homemade beauties. With their buttery flavor, fluffy texture, and endless filling possibilities, these low-sodium crescent rolls are sure to become a new favorite for the whole family!

Share your own low-sodium crescent roll variations and tips in the comments below!

Makes 12 rolls at 20mg of sodium per roll

4 low sodium crescent rolls on a white plate under a gray napkin
Rich, buttery and low sodium crescent rolls



7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

½ cup water, heated to 110°F (43°C)

1 tsp instant or rapid-rise yeast

¼ cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs, 1 whole and 1 separated

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

Filling (optional):

  • Cinnamon sugar

  • Melted chocolate

  • Cream cheese and chives


  1. Activate the yeast: In a large bowl, whisk together the warm water, yeast, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes, until frothy.

  2. Mix the dough: Add the melted butter, whole egg plus one yolk, and remaining sugar to the yeast mixture. Stir until combined.

  3. Add flour: Gradually incorporate the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until a soft dough forms. Knead on a lightly floured surface for 5-7 minutes, until smooth and elastic.

  4. First rise: Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 45-60 minutes, until doubled in size.

  5. Shape the rolls: Punch down the dough and roll it out on a lightly floured surface into a large circle, about 12 inches in diameter. Spread the softened butter evenly over the dough.

  6. Cut and fill: Cut the circle into 12 triangles. Brush each triangle with the softened butter and sprinkle with your chosen filling (cinnamon sugar, chocolate, etc.) if desired.

  7. Roll and rise: Starting at the wide end, roll up each triangle and place on a greased baking sheet, taking care to tuck the tip of the triangle underneath. Cover loosely with plastic wrap or a clean towel and let rise for 60 minutes.

  8. Bake and brush: Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Brush the rolls with the remaining egg white (you can add a tsp of water) and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.

Enjoy! Serve warm with butter, honey, or your favorite topping.


* For a richer flavor, add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract to the dough.

* If you don't have softened butter for spreading, you can melt and cool 2 tablespoons of the melted butter and use that instead.

* Get creative with fillings! Use savory options like pesto and cheese, or sweet options like jam and nuts.

* Store leftover rolls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave if desired.

This recipe is sure to become a new favorite for its ease and deliciousness! Enjoy your homemade crescent rolls!

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